A non-partisan, neutral perspective supporting diversity in the color of water

Monday, November 21, 2011

Greywater in the Holy Land

I am teaching a course on water conflict resolution for UNESCO in Amman, Jordan this week and so went shopping for greywater news in the Holy Land. This article in the Palestine News Network describes an ecopark, the Auja Environmental Center (AEC), that is one of three ecoparks established by Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME) across Palestine, Jordan and Israel. In contrast to the Oregon approach to keeping greywater out of the public's eye and touch, *There is a permaculture garden, grey water recycling facility, and a children’s playground on site, along with a number of educational installations and stations*. I sure hope there is no kitchensink wastewater in the vicinity of the children's playground.

I won't have much time to look around the area, but I have observed that Amman is a growing city. Already at over 6 million residents, the construction boom is underway. Many American expats at the hotel I am staying at, and overhearing some of their conversations in the restaurants, it sounds like they have been here for quite awhile. Construction towers, beautiful new bridges, and I just read, a new thermal electricity powerplant that will be fueled using Jordan's oil shale deposits, rated at the third largest in the world.

Some of the hydrologists I am teaching remarked that climate change has been good to Jordan so far - the rains have come and are frequent. It rained much of yesterday and reminded me of the rainy season in Oregon that is currently underway.

A beautiful city, with very friendly people, and soon, a new huge airport ready for your visit in 2012.
* * *
We used to think that energy and water would be the critical issues for the next century. Now we think water will be the critical issue.
~Mostafa Tolba of Egypt,
former head of the United Nations Environment Program 

No comments:

Post a Comment